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Cambridge dictionary defines the word inspiration as, “someone or something that give you ideas for doing something.” Its root meaning is to “breath into.” In the case of Chevella Sampson, a hairstylist of ten years, that breath of inspiration came to her during a deeply moving spiritual transformation. “The Lord placed on my heart the urge to dig deeper,” she explained. “He called on me to study His word.” At the time, she didn’t know how God wanted her to do that. “Yet I was inspired to go to church one morning,” Chevella explains. “there I met a Belhaven University representative who told me that no matter what your course of study, Belhaven will teach you the word of Christ. I could actually feel God speaking to me.” “I was nervous. I hadn’t been in school for 25 years,” continues Chevella. “Would I be accepted How was I going to manage books, tuition, financial aid? But I wanted to learn more about the Bible, and I knew in my heart that the Christ-based curriculum at Belhaven was the right place for me. Then I called a Belhaven University counselor. It was like she completed my thoughts! All my fears were instantly put to rest. The staff made it so easy. Financial aid was available to me even before God promised me it would be. I

was overjoyed – and most importantly, I knew this was where I belonged.” Today, Chevella has been at Belhaven for two years. “Everybody seems like family They know your name and they want you to succeed. My professors have an open-door policy. If you need guidance, guidance will be provided to you. But it’s the Biblical perspective that’s super important. It doesn’t matter how smart you are or how much you’ve got it together –or even if you don’t have it together. Having a Biblical perspective in your education not only allows you to expand your career, it fulfills a purpose in life no matter what talent you have. Talent is no good without purpose. And your purpose is to know the word of Christ.” For Houston residents who want to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree quickly and affordably, Belhaven University is the answer to a quality adult studies program. Both degree programs are tailored to the needs of busy working adults. Belhaven students graduate with the tools they need to stay competitive in today’s global economy, and they do it with all the love and support of the word of God. “Belhaven is everything you expect in a God-inspired learning environment,” Chevella says. “You will feel so at home here.”

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15 Something Spicy And New 20 Faith West Grad Enters Washington DC Mayoral Race 24 Dear Doctor 27 Dear 19-Year Old Me, Faith Will Come 30 Hurricane Harvey Boosts Home Sale Prices in Fort Bend County 35 The Buzz About Katy 39 Paul and His Team 44 2018 Christian Voter Guide 55 More than 4,500 Participants Help Raise Funds for YMCA Annual Campaign 58 A Greater Plan – Mark Kimbrough 65 Healthy Eating: Brown Rice Stir-Fry with Vegetables 67 Judicial Endorsements 69 Katy & Bend Our Mission Statement:

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8.) In what water was Jesus baptized? A) The Nile River B) The Mississippi River C) The Dead Sea D) River Jordan 9.) What miracle did Jesus perform at the marriage in Cana? A) Turning grain into bread B) Turning grape juice into wine C) Turning water into wine D) Turning fish into bread 10.) Who was the tax collector that climbed up a tree so he could see Jesus? A) Zacchaeus B) Ezekial C) Abraham D) Joseph

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Young Love is Indeed Real By Dr. Rebecca Deurlein It is the month of romance and love and many will celebrate with fancy dinners, roses, and chocolates. If you’re like me, you’ll treat Valentines Day like any other day except that you’ll make a point of staying home to avoid the mad restaurant rush, the pink and red balloons, and the inflated prices on everything. It’s not that I’ve lost that lovin feeling; it’s just that after 30 years of marriage, being told when to be romantic just doesn’t work for me anymore. If you have teenagers, however, especially teenagers who have a boyfriend or girlfriend, Valentines Day is anything but old hat. Teens look toward this day with either dread or hopes reaching fantasy level, depending on their relationship status. Valentines Day, when you’re a teenager in love, is a statement to the world and validation so many of them need that someone has chosen to love them, that they are the lucky ones. Therefore, as parents, you shouldn’t minimize or tease them about their relationships. Nor should you tell them they are incapable of being truly in love, no matter how much you believe that, and no matter how many personal experiences you can share. Have you ever noticed your reaction when someone forewarns you based on their experience? Your initial reaction, if you’re like most humans,

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the level of their connection with their boyfriend/girlfriend. They are in love. It’s real. They know it’s real because they feel the extreme emotions that come with love. They feel hurt, they feel joy, they feel that wonderful sense of togetherness. Their hormones are on fire, clouding their judgment. They are experiencing - in real life - everything they have seen on the movie screen or read about in books. They are giddy with love. So imagine what it does to them, and to their feelings about you, when you dismiss all of this by telling them they can’t possibly be in love. They don’t know what love is, you tell them. They’re too young to love. Imagine how condescending that must sound to them. And imagine how likely they’ll be to talk to you about matters of love again. It is extremely important to your parent-child relationship that you acknowledge your teen’s feelings and understand they are very real. You don’t have to encourage teen love, but when your child finds it, or thinks he finds it, you should listen. Try to be happy he’s happy. Ask questions such as What do you like about her?

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What do you enjoy doing together? What makes her different from other girls? Then sit back and listen to what your child tells you not only about this person he’s drawn to, but about himself, what he’s looking for, and what makes him happy. Don’t judge, don’t ask a hundred questions about the girlfriend’s family, grades, and interests. And whatever you do, don’t smirk and tell him he is too young to be in a relationship or to love someone. It’s too late for that by the time you find out about it. He’s already in it and he won’t willingly leave it. It’s true that if parents attempt to break up a young couple, they usually succeed in driving the couple closer together. It’s the whole Romeo and Juliet thing. So instead, stay informed by keeping your relationship with your kids solid and the lines of communication open. Be respectful of your kids’ feelings and decisions, and they will come to you on their own for advice and counsel. And remember, “real” is relative. Love is as real as it gets in the teenage mind, so be patient, understanding, and supportive as your teens navigate the rocky road of romance.

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Yang tries to find farms that can send their produce directly to their restaurant. Pepper Twins’ authentic Chinese ingredients are imported directly from China every three months to ensure freshness. “I find homemade food to be more delicious than anything else,” Yang said. “I wanted to translate that concept into the restaurant.” The name for the restaurant was actually inspired by Yang’s two children. As a going away gift from a colleague in Madison, Yang received a drawing of her two children that is now the focus of the Pepper Twins logo. “Both of my children from a young age have loved my food,” Yang said. “Even with it being spicy, they loved it at a young age. So we thought Pepper Twins would be a good name for the restaurant and using the drawing as the logo went along with it.” Yang is excited to bring Pepper Twins to Katy and share her hometown’s food with the people of Katy. The Katy menu has over 30 new authentic Szechuan Chinese dishes for customers to explore. Pepper Twins is located at 1315 W Grand Parkway S and is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. The Katy location also features a large party room for guests to reserve that accommodates up to 25 people. For more information about Pepper Twins, visit There you will find menus, locations and a full list of Pepper Twins awards

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Faith West Grad Enters Washington DC Mayoral Race By Rebecca Deurlein It’s a long way from Faith West Academy to Washington, DC, but Michael Christian Woods seems to have made the journey with aplomb. A 2016 graduate of Faith West, Woods, at 19 years old, is running for Mayor of DC. Why would a 19-year-old college student run for a position that is admittedly gritty and riddled with challenges? Woods explained, “Everyone has a purpose in life. I believe my purpose is to serve as a role model for my peers and those younger than I who maybe are too afraid to express or lead their desires for change. Despite all of the possible criticism, I hope that others will find the courage to do so as well, to stand up and be the ones who lead the change they desire.” Woods has worked hard to position himself for this important role. He spent his Faith West years earning straight A’s and creating an organization to bring together other high achievers. While in high school, he took classes through Harvard University

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Dear 19-Year Old Me, Faith Will Come By Jordan Harrell Dear 19-Year-Old Me, You’re probably wearing a t-shirt and baggy sweatpants, a ponytail wagging back-and-forth as you bee-bop around your Christian university in between chapel and the campus center. The whole concept of “college” as an educational experience is beyond you, but you sincerely enjoy it nonetheless. Yours is a good place full of good people. A safe place. You are good at being safe. What you lack in social skills you make up for in kindness and wit. You have enough of a wild streak to make you fun but an equal amount of self-righteousness to make you just a bit stuck up, even if you hide it well. You resent the fact that you inherited your mother’s guilty conscience and crave the freedom to make terrible decisions. You are keenly aware of your weaknesses (still are) and paranoid that others might find them out, too. Life tip: it’s okay if they do. They might even like you more. People don’t appreciate perfection nearly as much as you think. You haven’t felt God much in your life yet. You’ve heard countless sermons and been to boat-loads of Christian camps. You’ve gone on a couple of mission trips that involved you and your giggling friends passing buckets of mud to boys you had crushes on in the mornings and playing soccer with the locals in the evenings. You’ve even cautiously raised your hands up in the air while worshiping once or twice.

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should know: Use It or Lose It – Faith, that is. You’re in the best physical shape of your life right now. But soon, you will know what happens to muscles when they are not used. Ever. They get squishy and puny. They get lost. Like, literally, you won’t be able to find them. Faith is no different. You want your faith to grow? You have to do things that require it. You have to work it out. Your cushy life right now does not require faith. When was the last time you prayed fervently for God to intervene in miraculous ways? When was the last time you NEEDED Him? When was the last time you cried out to your Father and saw Him SHOW UP? You will. But not until you … Stop Trying to be so Christian and Start Trying to be More Like Christ – Hang out with the outcasts instead of the in-crowd. Be proud of your unpopular opinions instead of worrying about fitting in. Be more concerned with saving souls than saving seats on Sundays. Stop judging people for their decisions and start walking alongside them and urging them on. Your goal is not to be the best Christian in the crowd but to show the crowd more of Christ (Spoiler Alert: You are not him). Get Uncomfortable – Holy comfort zones, girlfriend. You are the reigning queen of comfort. Have you ever noticed growth doesn’t occur on the peaks? You never see vegetation up there on the snow-caps. All the good stuff, the green and hearty stuff, happens down in the valleys. Lean into the uncomfortable. Let God undo you. And if you start feeling comfortable again, find a way out. Comfort is the Enemy’s home for you. Don’t let him steal your growth. Trust the Hard – Sometimes you completely bypass the uncomfortable and head straight into the hard. All those doubts you have about your faith will be answered in the hard. When the only explanation is God’s hand coming down from the heavens and injecting his goodness into such badness, the hard becomes a breeding ground for trust, depth, submission, vulnerability, and surprisingly, joy. You will not become You until you’ve hit

the hard. God will not really become your God until the hard. Before I go, because I know your 19-year-old heart, let me leave you with a little bit of love. You don’t right now, but I want you to know in

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Hurricane Harvey Boosts Home Sale Prices in Fort Bend County By Jerome Love Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into the Texas coast in late August 2017, was a natural disaster of historic proportions. In the Greater Houston area, the tropical cyclone caused as much as $108 billion in property damage and economic loss. It damaged an estimated 203,000 homes, of which 12,700 were destroyed. At the storm’s peak one-third of Houston was flooded, forcing 39,000 people out of their homes and into shelters. Part of the reason for the severity of the flooding is geography. The Houston-Galveston area occupies the northern portion of the Gulf coastal plain, a 50-mile-wide swath along the Texas Gulf Coast. As you go inland from sea level, the elevation rises only about one foot per mile. Because of the low-lying topography, when trillions of gallons of water falls from the sky, it doesn’t quickly run off—it collects in gigantic pools. But some counties are higher in elevation than others. If you look at a map of the Greater Houston-Galveston area, you can see that the storm damage, and the resulting impact on the housing market, was not evenly distributed.


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Chambers counties. When it comes to susceptibility to flooding, they’re not created equal. According to, Galveston County lies only seven feet above mean sea level. Brazoria County is only 30 feet above mean sea level, as is Chambers County and Liberty County. Harris County, home of downtown Houston, is 43 feet. To the north, Montgomery County is the highest in the area, at 205 feet. (Just for comparison, the highest county in Texas is Jeff Davis County, at 4,892 feet.) Meanwhile, Fort Bend County lies 92 feet above mean sea level. Of all the counties immediately surrounding Houston to the west, south, and east, it has the highest elevation. This is not to say the county escaped unscathed. According to the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management, no part of the county received less than 20 inches of rain, and some areas received 40 and 50 inches of rain. The Brazos River, San Bernard River and the Barker Reservoir all reached historic water levels. Twenty-two percent of the county was impacted by high water, forcing about 200,000 residents to evacuate their homes. But by the end of the hurricane, 6,820 homes had been damaged, a number far lower than in surrounding counties. Fort Bend was well positioned for a quick rebound.

The Rebounding Real Estate Market Overall, the Houston real estate marketed came back quickly, perhaps spurred in part by affected residents urgently seeking undamaged rental and sales homes in familiar communities near their work and schools. Despite the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, the year 2017 ended strongly. According to reports from the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), in 2017 sales of all property types totaled 94,726 units, a 3.5% increase over 91,530 posted in 2016. Total dollar volume for single-family homes sold in 2017 rose 6.5 percent to $23 billion. Fort Bend County is doing particularly well. Perhaps because of its relative safety from the worst flooding potential, Fort Bend has become a good market if you’re a homeowner looking to sell. According to the Houston Association of Realtors’ Multiple Listing Service (MLS), from September through December 2016 (the year before Harvey), Fort Bend saw 3,600 sales with an average sales price of $305,215 and a median sales price of $274,000. A year later, from September through December 2017 (the period immediately after Harvey), the county recorded an increase to 3,800 sales, with the average sales price rising to $308,099 and the median sales price rising to $275,000.

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Remember, these are the months immediately following one of the worst hurricanes in American history, with historic flooding in the entire Houston metro area. You’d think people would avoid buying, but the robust economy is spurring record-setting growth. And Fort Bend County is particularly desirable. As the wealthiest county in Texas, it’s ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in the nation with a quality of life that is so sought after by families looking for the right place to call home. It’s also a good place to own a home you hope to sell at a premium price. As the Fort Bend Economic Development Council reports, out of 741,237 residents, 88.5% are high school graduates or higher, 41.4% are college educated, and 83% are families. The dynamic workforce of nearly 306,000 people has attracted numerous new industries to the area including software developers, engineers, and other high-tech businesses, keeping Fort Bend County at the forefront of the phenomenal Greater Houston economic powerhouse. If you have a home to sell in Fort Bend County, the market looks very bright!

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Aristoi Classical Academy, a first generation public charter school in Texas, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 13 at its new location at 5610 Morton Road. Approximately 250 people from the community turned out for the ceremony.

Coming off the heels of their victory at the AAU National Championships in Orlando last season, FO1 Volleyball’s 15 Black Team came away with another victory at the FAST Warm Up Tournament here in Houston. This was the first tournament of the year, and our local girls came away with seven straight victories to finish in first place.

Aristoi Classical Academy is a free, public charter school offering classical education to students in grades K-12. The charter, now in its 22nd year of operation, opened in 1996 with multiple Houston area campuses. The Katy campus, specializing in fine arts, had a limited enrollment until 2006 when the school’s board of directors voted to transition to a classical school model, an education previously available only in area private schools.

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merely theoretical. Ryan has not simply studied these topics in the classroom; he is also a practitioner who has learned these valuable lessons in the trenches of real-life ministry. -Heather Zempel, Author of Amazed and Confused and Community Is Messy

What people are saying about Paul and His Team: We can learn so much from the lives of the earliest Christ followers—a small group of ordinary people who, obedient to God’s leading, propelled the spread of faith that now circles the globe. In Paul and His Team, Ryan Lokkesmoe gives us a fascinating look into the hearts and actions of these pioneering believers, yielding valuable insights into how we, too, can be salt and light in a challenging world. -Richard Stearns, President of World Vision U.S. and author of The Hole in Our Gospel Ryan takes a powerful yet practical look at not just the apostle Paul, but at Paul’s team, as it applies to leading in the church. If you are a leader, the people and team you build are critical to moving the mission of the church forward. In Paul and His Team, Ryan pulls out important insight on church leadership and influence. -Carey Nieuwhof, Founding Pastor, Connexus Church Ryan Lokkesmoe has given us a fresh window into Paul’s leadership and influence, focusing on the team he recruited, developed, entrusted, and unleashed. While Ryan has the academic credentials to give us a deeply theological understanding of the life and ministry of Paul, this book is not

Ryan Lokkesmoe explores the real-life implications of how the body of Christ is supposed to work together to fulfill the Great Commission. In a day and age where there is far too much emphasis upon upfront leaders and not enough on the power of a team, Ryan offers a helpful contribution that is both accessible and scholarly. If you are a leader or part of a leadership team, you will find his insights helpful. -Larry Osborne, Pastor and Author, North Coast Church



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both pastors and lay leaders. Helpful questions at the end of each chapter make this an excellent group study book. -Lynn Cohick, New Testament department chair at Wheaton College Viewing leadership as Christ-centered influence, Ryan Lokkesmoe insightfully lays out the principles employed by Paul and his ministry cohorts. With solid biblical scholarship and practical application to Christian leadership, Ryan has provided a significant, readable gift to the church. This book is much richer than the trendy “how-to” leadership books currently on the market. Highly recommended for pastors and lay leaders! -Dennis P. Hollinger, President & Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Popular-level leadership manuals abound. Many Christian manuals exist as well, often prooftexting principles initially derived from sources other than the Bible. Ryan Lokkesmoe carefully studies Paul and his coworkers, fully abreast of the highest levels of scholarship, and discovers principles that really are in Scripture! But he wears his learning lightly and writes with the heart of the church planter that he currently is. Easy to read and highly recommended. -Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary Build bridges, be voices of reconciliation, seek common ground, stay focused on your mission as Christ’s ambassadors: Paul and His Team offers practical advice to advance the gospel, rooted in solid biblical teaching for

In a day when we only think about the “super leaders” in the big lights, Lokkesmoe insightfully highlights the whole cast of lesser known men and women who supported Paul’s apostolic mission. In the process we learn valuable lessons about leadership, conflict resolution, and true kingdom collaboration. This book quietly turns most leadership books on their heads, demonstrating the real work of God through the lives of ordinary, flawed people who offer their disparate gifts to the Master. I heartily recommend it. -Timothy C. Tennent, President and Professor of World Christianity, Asbury Theological Seminary

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A Greater Plan – Mark Kimbrough By Caitlin Richards Born and raised in Springdale, Arkansas, Mark Kimbrough has now found a home in Texas at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Katy as their associate pastor. Mark never imagined a life outside of Arkansas but God had a greater plan for his life. Mark grew up in the church and while in high school began to feel God tugging on his heart to pursue a career in ministry. Most of his family had careers in dentistry, so the notion of a career in ministry was something very unfamiliar for Mark. “I wrestled with it quite a bit,” Mark said. “My first semester of college is when I really knew God was calling me into ministry and it was time for me to go in that direction.” Mark began working as a youth intern at his own local church while finishing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas. He then became the youth director for the church, but began to feel God pushing him again towards something even greater. “It was like He was saying, ‘you have taken a step and that’s great but there’s certainly bigger things for you to keep doing,’” Mark said. “I knew that next thing would automatically mean leaving home and if I did that I didn’t know if I would ever come back. I grew up my whole life in Arkansas and loved it. I didn’t really ever want

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Georgia where he enrolled in seminary at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. While earning his Master of Divinity, Mark also worked at North Point Ministries Decatur City Church. “I enjoyed my work and loved my time in Atlanta,” Mark said. “As I began to wrap up my degree, my wife and I began thinking about what the next thing would be and it was actually a weird combination of a couple of things that led us to what was next.” The Kimbrough’s had no plans to ever move to Texas. Ironically, some of the friends they made while in Atlanta had a lot of connections to Texas ministries. Already a licensed mental health therapist, Hannah was looking to go back to school to get her Ph.D. in social work. She applied to numerous schools in various states but the one they decided upon was the University of Houston – in Texas. “Once we decided we were moving to Houston, again all of those connections starting popping up,” Mark said. “It was through them that I ended up landing at FUMC Katy.” FUMC Katy Senior Pastor Dr. Richard White called on Mark to join him at FUMC Katy and to help with a particular new ministry. While in seminary, Mark had been particularly interested in the church planting and new ministry portions of his studies. Pastor White’s call to join him to help with a new ministry really excited Mark and the Kimbrough’s were headed to Texas. Since 2015, Mark has helped start a number of new ministries at FUMC Katy including community groups and most recently a new worship service called Confluence. At FUMC Katy, Mark primarily oversees family ministries and focuses on adult discipleship. Besides planning events for families, youth and children to fellowship and connect, Mark uses his passion for new ministry to help FUMC Katy grow into the future. The community groups, Mark shared, were created for young adults who didn’t connect in the traditional Sunday school world to find fellowship

and community. The new worship service Confluence has been one of the biggest and longest on-going projects at FUMC Katy for Mark. The worship service was the new ministry Pastor White originally mentioned when he called Mark to join him at FUMC Katy. Over the past two years, Mark has worked beside members of the congregation to see this new ministry come fruition. With so many young adults moving to Katy, FUMC Katy wanted to create another worship service that was different from their traditional services for the younger demographic. After two years of research and planning, FUMC Katy held their first preview service in November followed by another in December and January. Starting on January 21 the Confluence service will now be a weekly service at 11 a.m. alongside FUMC Katy’s two traditional services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. “We feel like there is a long incredible stream of what God has been doing here with our traditional services,” Mark said. “We feel like there is another thing God is bringing in with this new service that is only going to make us stronger and healthier.” The notion of new ministry has been a passion for Mark that started at a young age. Mark’s own youth director always thought about church and faith in a new ministry way. Consequently, it shaped Mark’s faith and own ministry today. “He was always asking these big mission questions about how are we making space for people who are not here yet,” Mark said. “It was how my faith was shaped and allowed me to always think there is an opportunity to do something new.” For more information about the new ministries Mark has been a part of at FUMC Katy, visit or contact him at


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Judicial Endorsements By Gary Gillen The 2018 Republican Primary election has several opposed judicial races due to retirements and new courts. To assist our readers, we interview candidates and endorse those we feel have the strong moral compass our readers want. While we do endorse some unopposed candidates, such as Judge Ken Cannata whom we introduced to you last issue, for this issue we concentrate on those judicial races with opponents.

268th Judicial District Court John “Hawk” Hawkins A judge with strong Christian values In the race for the 268th Judicial District Court, this magazine endorses John “Hawk” Hawkins. With over 30 years of legal experience, Hawkins is currently serving as the Associate Judge for both the 268th and 434th District Courts. He has presided over hundreds of Civil, Criminal and Family Law trials. We believe judicial temperament is very important and Hawkins has the right kind.

He said, “It is important for a judge to be tethered by a strong set of core values and be committed to following the law.” We believe his knowledge, experience and values make John “Hawk” Hawkins the right candidate for the 268th judicial district court.

County Court at Law #6 Lewis White A constitutionalist for a new court County Court at Law #6 is a newly created court. These kinds of courts in Fort Bend County handle a variety of cases such as criminal misdemeanor cases like driving while intoxicated, assault, family violence and theft under $4000. It includes juvenile, mental health, and civil cases valued from $500 - $200,000. Because this court has jurisdiction over such serious issues, it is important that the presiding judge strictly follows the law. Lewis White has served in the District Attorney’s office, his own private practice, and as a Special Prosecutor. He is a constitutionalist believing judges should follow, not make, the law. He credits his grandmother for teaching, “that faith and family come first and I am firmly committed to those values.” We endorse Lewis White for County Court at Law #6 because we

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Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 Kelly Crow A respectful, experienced and fair judge Going to court is frightening. For many, justice of the peace court is the only court they will ever experience. In Fort Bend County, Precinct 3 is the busiest Justice of the Peace Court, yet it has a reputation of being friendly and efficient. Kelly Crow has been the prosecutor in that court and others as well. She also serves, or has served, as judge of several municipal courts. Crow believes a judge should be respectful to all who enter a court. Since one can represent oneself in JP Court, she believes the judge should be

willing to explain the rules of the court and the law when issuing opinions. Because JP Courts have jurisdiction in cases valued up to $10,000, it is important that the judge has legal experience, especially in a court that handles so many complicated civil matters like this court does. Crow believes everyone in court deserves, “fairness and respect; a judge who is knowledgeable and has integrity. That is the judge I promise to be for everyone, every day.” Crow’s experience as a judge, as a prosecutor and an attorney make her uniquely qualified to serve as judge of this court. We believe she is the judge you would want to appear before and that is why we endorse Kelly Crow for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3.

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